I quite often agree with Peter Hitchens, but as someone who attended AA many years ago and hasn’t had a drink since, nor wanted one. I am slightly uneasy about his position on addiction which he denies is a condition or an illness.
My own experience limited though it might be tells me that whether addiction is a condition physical or mental matters not at all and debating it is fruitless, and possibly damaging to the ‘addict’ .
I don’t think addiction is an illness although cirrhosis and emphysema certainly are. It is a matter of honesty and strength of character. The first thing is to ‘know thyself’ not an easy or comfortable exercise, although like most exercise you do feel a lot better afterwards.